The center includes the typical band, choir and orchestra classrooms that are part of many high school campuses; however, the center's dance studio, practice rooms, rehearsal and ensemble rooms, and online learning lab are less common amenities.

The judges appreciated the wide variety of student and community user groups served by this new destination in Rio Rancho, one of New Mexico's fastest growing cities.

Submitted by: Van H. Gilbert Architect PC

Owner: Rio Rancho Public Schools, Rio Rancho, N.M.

Contractor: Jaynes Corp., Albuquerque, N.M.

Lead Design: Van H. Gilbert Architect PC, Albuquerque, N.M.

Civil Engineer: Bohannan Huston Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.

Structural Engineer: Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.

MEP Engineer: Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.

Consultants: Bill Conner Associates, Oak Park, Ill.; Stan Roller & Associates Inc., Naperville, Ill.

Phase 1 Assoc. Architect: Fanning Howey, Celine, Ohio

Landscape Architect: Sites Southwest, Albuquerque, N.M.

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